A Scar of the doll is a text driven adventure game released by Child-Dream.
“Asumi’s sister has disappeared! Where did she go? A shuddering and thrilling suspense story. Can you unravel this mystery from Japan!?”
You play a young girl Asumi who travels to Toyko to find her missing sister.
The idea of the game is simple. You will watch and read a scene play through and then be given a list of options depending on what happened in the screen. Once you make this selection you with do the action you selected and watch how this plays out. For us in the west, the game plays in a very similar way to the fighting fantasy style games, just without the combat.
The storyline is very well done, it is nothing that we have not seen before, but is well written and opens up and unveils the secrets at the right pace. There are the usual horror dream scenes are you would expect from a Japanese horror story.
The good news is that the game autosaves and you can also set up save points along the way, so you can come and go from the game as you please. This is also vital as you can die in the game, and it can be due to mistakes, and you get advice on why you died, so you can go back and change the things you did wrong.
The game is control by selecting from the list of options that will appear after the scene.
The graphics are very good with well drawn character and what look like filtered photographs as the backgrounds. The sound is very good with a haunting sound track with the music changing to match the storyline, but somethings the music seems to shift mid scene without the action shifting with it or one of the tracks in the lab is very grating.
On the upside:
- Likeable hero.
- A good mystery to solve, with horror thrown in.
- The translation into English has been done very well.
On the downside:
- Some things are lost in translation, especially within some of the artwork.
- Sometimes you feel the options are too limiting.
Overall, this is a classic style Japan text based mystery. The mix of mystery and horror work well together and the developers have do a solid job converting the tale into english. It you like your horror mysteries or this style of text selection adventure it is well worth the download, especially at the 69p price point.
Size: 58.5 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.69